Student-Athletes Recognized at 22nd All-Sports Awards Banquet

Student-Athletes Recognized at 22nd All-Sports Awards Banquet

 

PASADENA, Calif. (May 31, 2016) – Caltech Athletics celebrated the end of a successful 2015-16 academic year with the 22nd All-Sports Awards Banquet on Tuesday night.

The annual Oscars-style event commenced with Director of Athletics Betsy Mitchell welcoming the audience and introducing the keynote speaker, former men's basketball star Ryan Elmquist (BS '11), who spoke about how his time at Caltech molded his future and his appreciation for that experience.  Following his address, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee members presented the evening's awards, the winners of which are below:

 

Most Outstanding Frosh - Male     This award is given to the freshman student-athlete who has made the most outstanding contribution intercollegiate athletics this school year.

Brent Cahill – Basketball

Cahill broke into the rotation immediately and found another gear come conference play, increasing his scoring average from 7.6 points per game in non-conference play to 11.4 against SCIAC foes.  His contributions played a key role in the team setting a program record for SCIAC wins in one season (seven) and spending a total of 22 days with at least a share of the top position in the conference standings.

 

Most Outstanding Frosh - Female     This award is given to the freshman student-athlete who has made the most outstanding contribution intercollegiate athletics this school year.

Brittany Percin – Swimming & Diving, Water Polo

Percin became the first female individual champion in a swimming event at the SCIAC Championships, claiming the 200 Free title in 1:52.52 and coming within .19 of the meet record.  The rookie broke seven individual program records while leading the team to nearly triple its previous championship point total.  She also scored the second-most goals in water polo program history with 52, coming just four shy of the record despite missing the first four games of the season.  She racked up 49 steals, 16 field blocks, 31 drawn exclusions and won nearly 70 percent of her sprints.

 

Outstanding Athlete of the Year, Team Sport - Male      This award is given to the male student-athlete in any class who has made the most outstanding contribution in intercollegiate athletics this school year.

Nasser Al-Rayes – Basketball

Al-Rayes helped lead Caltech to a program-record seven SCIAC wins in a season, which broke the title-winning 1953-54 team's mark of six.  The Beavers also defeated Occidental College three times in a season (another first since 1944-45) and spent a total of 22 days with at least a share of the top position in the conference standings.  The junior big man re-set his own single-season and single-game records for blocks, with 64 total and eight at SCIAC champion Chapman University on Jan. 20, while leading Caltech in scoring, rebounding and free-throw shooting as the team set new single-season marks for points (1,566), rebounds (951) and blocks (105).  He also was named CoSIDA Academic All-District.

 

Francis W. Davis Outstanding Athlete of the Year, Team Sport - Female    This award is given to the female student-athlete in any class who has made the most outstanding contribution in intercollegiate athletics this school year.

Stephanie Wong – Basketball, Water Polo

Wong became the program's all-time leading scorer and only the second to reach the 1,000-point milestone, ending her career with 1,333 points.  She also extended her own career record for three-pointers made (231) and set new marks for points per game (13.7), free throw percentage (.698) and field goals made (441), as well as the single-season mark for three-pointers made (68) and single-game record for three-pointers made (seven – twice).  She also was a critical piece in the starting lineup for water polo in just her second half-year on the team, scoring 14 goals, dishing 11 assists and making 15 steals while splitting time in goal, where she made 55 saves.

 

Outstanding Athlete of the Year, Individual Sport - Male      This award is given to the male student-athlete in any class who has made the most outstanding contribution in intercollegiate athletics this school year.

Morgan Hill – Track & Field

Hill improved his hammer throw by a remarkable 33 feet to shatter an 81-year-old program record the week before shocking the conference with a third-place podium finish in the event, making him the Beavers' highest scorer at the meet.

 

Francis W. David Outstanding Athlete of the Year, Individual Sport - Female     This award is given to the female student-athlete in any class who has made the most outstanding contribution in intercollegiate athletics this school year.

Brittany Percin – Swimming & Diving, Water Polo

Percin became the first female individual champion in a swimming event at the SCIAC Championships, claiming the 200 Free title in 1:52.52 and coming within .19 of the meet record.  The rookie broke seven individual program records while leading the team to nearly triple its previous championship point total.  She also scored the second-most goals in water polo program history with 52, coming just four shy of the record despite missing the first four games of the season.  She racked up 49 steals, 16 field blocks, 31 drawn exclusions and won nearly 70 percent of her sprints.

 

Director's Awards     Given to a senior male and female student-athlete who has participated for at least two years on an intercollegiate team and has made the most outstanding contribution to intercollegiate athletics during their entire Caltech career, both on and off the court, field or pool.  In competition, they represent Caltech with poise, integrity and the spirit of competitive play.  Beyond competition, they are stewards of the scholar, athlete and citizen displaying leadership, character and maturity.  These are young leaders who understand and live the values of an NCAA student-athlete and a Caltech student-athlete and spend every day they are in Caltech orange and white as an example of what striving for excellence means.

Daniel Chou – Baseball

Chou was instrumental in the baseball program's transformation over his career.  The winningest Beaver in at least 40 years, the veteran appeared in every single game over the past four years across various positions, including pitcher, centerfield and catcher.  The program's all-time leader in at-bats (460) and games played (137), he helped set the team culture that has seen Caltech pull heartbreakingly close to its first SCIAC win since 1988.

Soumya Kannan – Water Polo

Kannan, a 2016 Fullbright Fellowship winner, put together a distinguished career that included more than 100 goals and concludes with a typical all-around line of 42 goals, 23 assists, 50 steals and 58 exclusions drawn.  A three-time Academic All-SCIAC selection, two-time ACWPC All-Academic honoree and two-time team MVP, her leadership has been instrumental in the team's pursuit of its first-ever SCIAC victory.

 

SAAC Staff Appreciation Award    Every year, the members of SAAC determine an unsung hero, the person behind the scenes who has added to our intercollegiate experience.  While we appreciate all of our coaches, this award recognizes the people who do the extra work that allows us to compete and enjoy a great experience here, often without many of us realizing everything they have done.  This award is the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's way of saying thank you for all that you do to make everything flow seamlessly and add immeasurable value to our time as Caltech student-athletes.

Mark Becker – Director of Sports Information and Marketing

 

SAAC Sportsmanship Awards     Now in its fourth year, the sportsman and sportswoman of the year award is what we as student-athletes see as our legacy.  We nominated our teammates whom we felt are the best example of what a Caltech student-athlete should strive to be. 

Patric Eck – Water Polo, Swimming & Diving

A dedicated two-sport athlete, Eck was once again part of several record-breaking swimming & diving relays in addition to leading water polo to tie a program record with seven wins for the second straight year.  The center capped his career with a program-record 89 drawn exclusions to go with 28 goals, 13 assists and 35 steals.

Stephanie Wong – Basketball, Water Polo

Wong became the program's all-time leading scorer and only the second to reach the 1,000-point milestone, ending her career with 1,333 points.  She also extended her own career record for three-pointers made (231) and set new marks for points per game (13.7), free throw percentage (.698) and field goals made (441), as well as the single-season mark for three-pointers made (68) and single-game record for three-pointers made (seven – twice).  She also was a critical piece in the starting lineup for water polo in just her second half-year on the team, scoring 14 goals, dishing 11 assists and making 15 steals while splitting time in goal, where she made 55 saves.

 

Scholar-Athlete Awards     The Scholar-Athlete award is presented to the senior male and female student-athletes who have maintained the highest cumulative GPAs and made a significant contribution to their sport over their careers.

Adam Ball – Soccer

Carrying a 4.0 GPA as a Physics option researching string theory while starting every game over the past four years, Ball was a key member of the back line that helped Caltech to earn its first point in SCIAC play in three years in 2014. 

Tiffany Zhou – Swimming & Diving

Zhou also compiled a 4.0 GPA as a Bioengineering option and rejoined the team after taking a one-year hiatus.  She was a fixture in the dual meet lineup and key to fielding relays throughout the year.

 

Most Outstanding Athlete     This award is given to the student athlete (male or female) who has made the most outstanding contribution in intercollegiate during their entire Caltech athletics career in terms of ability, loyalty, leadership and interest. By the wish of the donor, the award shall be presented only in such years as there is a worthy outstanding athlete. More than one athlete may receive this award if they are worthy of recognition. Although it is not required, it is recommended the nominee be a senior.

Stephanie Wong – Basketball, Water Polo

Wong became the program's all-time leading scorer and only the second to reach the 1,000-point milestone, ending her career with 1,333 points.  She also extended her own career record for three-pointers made (231) and set new marks for points per game (13.7), free throw percentage (.698) and field goals made (441), as well as the single-season mark for three-pointers made (68) and single-game record for three-pointers made (seven – twice).  She also was a critical piece in the starting lineup for water polo in just her second half-year on the team, scoring 14 goals, dishing 11 assists and making 15 steals while splitting time in goal, where she made 55 saves.

 

Congratulations to our 2015-16 award winners and all our student-athletes on another incredible year!

 

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